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March 8th, 2004

Email Stamps?

Last week, Mr. Microsoft suggested that everyone buy stamps in order to send email.

Am I alone in thinking this is a really bad idea? One of the beauties of email – also its biggest flaw, I’ll admit – is that anyone can use it. If you can get to a computer with Internet access, you can send and receive email. That’s pretty powerful stuff and allows lots of people access to technology they might not otherwise be able to get.

But the idea of adding another barrier to email in order to thwart spammers in and of itself isn’t a bad concept. The problem is that I don’t think stamps would solve a spam problem; it would kill off a few small-time spammers, sure, but big companies would either buy large amounts of stamps or hack the system. In addition, how would Bill propose this be enforced world-wide? I don’t know if that’s going to happen.

Seems to me that technology did help create this mess and can help solve it, but making it a little more difficult for honest people to use email isn’t the way to do it.

Posted in Technology

FROM: Chris [E-Mail]
DATE: Monday March 8, 2004 -- 9:57:18 am
And I'm sure BillG would love to sell us those stamps! I still think some sort of digital ID / verification scheme is the answer. If everybody would just use PGP I could set up some sort of server based system to verify digital ID's and reject any thay don't resolvve properly.

The fact that legions of AOL'ers would never figure this out is just a bonus ;)

FROM: Dave Walls [E-Mail]
DATE: Monday March 8, 2004 -- 2:52:49 pm
The real problem comes from those email providers that either allow spamming or do the spamming themselves. When these providers are either shut down or fined to the point where it doesn't make sense to do spam-business, then we might see some real change. In the meantime, don't punish the honest user.

Besides, in this day and age, cell phones and instant messaging are quicker than email..

FROM: Matt
DATE: Monday March 8, 2004 -- 10:08:46 pm
How can you regulate e-mail? It's such a vast operation. Anyone that seriously thought stamps would work would be out of business asap. The public will not pay for more shit from these geeks.

FROM: Dave
DATE: Tuesday March 9, 2004 -- 9:46:04 am
Where is todays ping? :)

FROM: Ryan [E-Mail]
DATE: Tuesday March 9, 2004 -- 11:38:16 am
I totally blanked out this morning and forgot it was my day. :)

FROM: Paul
DATE: Tuesday March 9, 2004 -- 1:58:27 pm
You bojo.

DATE: Tuesday October 26, 2004 -- 2:09:42 pm

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